EN - Writer and literary icon, 55-year-old Jan Meerman’s successful life is thrown upside down when his 85-year-old mother Josée unexpectedly has a severe stroke. Jan no longer recognises his once lively mother as her verbal witticisms have been replaced by pitiful cries and gibberish. Faced with this decline, he loses his grip on both his personal and professional life.

NL - Het leven van de succesvolle schrijver Jan Meerman wordt ondersteboven gekeerd wanneer zijn moeder onverwachts een beroerte krijgt. Zijn flamboyante en levendige moeder verliest haar spraakvermogen. Haar spraak wordt herleid tot jammerlijke kreten en brabbeltaal. Jan worstelt in deze moeilijke periode met de deadline van zijn nieuwe roman. De confrontatie die Jan moet aangaan met zijn moeder dwingt hem om alles in vraag te stellen, ook zijn literaire prioriteiten.


Title Speechless
Original title Sprakeloos
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Genre drama
Year 2017


Cast Stany Crets, Viviane De Muynck

Technical specs

Running time film 100'


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Screen Flanders
Production partners VRT (BE)

Cinequest presents six from Flanders

Five film productions and a VR project from Flanders have been selected for the Cinequest Film & VR Festival in San Jose, California (27 Feb –11 March).

Many HeavensJan Matthys’ Many Heavens has been selected for Cinequest’s main line-up, the Dramatic Feature Competition, while Hilde Van Mieghem’s Speechless and Nathalie Basteyns’ and Kaat Beels’ Facades will be competing for the Global Vision Award.

Published on Friday 26 January 2018

Flanders Image unveils CONNeXT’s full film line-up

Flanders Image has unveiled the full line-up of features to be presented — either in full, as a work in progress or as a pitch — at the second outing of its invitation-only networking event CONNeXT (8-11 October). Among the titles is new work from established filmmakers, including Oscar®-nominated directors Stijn Coninx, Dominique Deruddere and Michaël R. Roskam, as well as projects from a number of exciting up-and-coming filmmakers.

CONNeXT 17At CONNeXT, festival curators, sales agents and buyers are offered a chance to get a glimpse of what is coming up in 2018 and beyond.

Published on Monday 4 September 2017

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Producers Frank Van Passel, Bo De Group
Writers Hilde Van Mieghem, Bert Scholiers

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